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Chris Evans is feeling the pressure with directorial debut

FILE - In this Wed., Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, Chris Evans attends the LA Premiere of "Before We Go" held at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles. What's got Captain America quaking in his boots? Evans, known for playing the iconic Marvel superhero, is making his directorial debut with the indie film opening on Friday, and the stakes have never felt higher. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — What's got Captain America quaking in his boots?


Johnny Depp wows Venice in gritty gangster tale 'Black Mass'
VENICE, Italy (AP) — It's Johnny Depp's day at the Venice Film Festival. Judging by early reaction to his performance in gangster drama "Black Mass," it may turn out to be Johnny Depp's year.
Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz

Star Wars fans shop at a toy store at midnight in Hong Kong, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 as part of the global event called "Force Friday" to release new Star Wars toys and other merchandise of the new movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". The massive marketing blitz spans all kinds of media and included an 18-hour global “unboxing” streamed live on YouTube. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)NEW YORK (AP) — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.


Afghan artist paints Kabul's walls of war to help heal city

In this Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 photo, an independent Afghan artist paints on a concrete barrier wall which blocks a main gate of the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Calling his group Art Lords _ a swipe at the warlords who still dominate Afghan politics and are publicly celebrated as warrior heroes _ artist Kabir Mokamel uses street art to highlight social problems in Afghanistan after almost four decades of war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A city at war, the Afghan capital is among the ugliest in the world.


Google launches music streaming service in Japan

Google has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world's number two music marketGoogle has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world's number two music market, despite mixed results among earlier arrivals. The launch, announced Thursday, came after similar services debuted in Japan this year by Apple, popular messaging app Line, and a joint venture by IT firm CyberAgent and Japanese music giant Avex Group. Japan is the world's second largest music market, estimated to be worth $2.6 billion in 2014, after the $4.8 billion US market, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan.


UN star-studded media blitz to promote new development goals

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, British director Richard Curtis poses for the photographers as he present his latest movie "About Time" , in Rome. The United Nations is launching a global campaign with a media blitz and an array of stars from Beyonce to Usain Bolt to spread news to everyone in the world about its new goals to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and combat climate change. Curtis, who is leading the campaign, told a news conference Thursday, Sept. 8, 2015, that he wants to make these new goals "much more famous and much more well-known" than the eight U.N. Millennium Development Goals adopted at a summit in 2000 which they will succeed. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, FIle)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is launching a global campaign with a media blitz and an array of stars from Beyonce to Usain Bolt to spread news to everyone in the world about its new goals to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and combat climate change.


DR Congo surgeon lashes out at film ban

Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege at a press conference to present the documentary "The Man Who Mends Women", in Brussels on March 25, 2015The surgeon who is the subject of an acclaimed film about efforts to help women raped by the military and militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo has hit out at its banning. Denis Mukwege, who has treated thousands of women sexually abused during conflict, said a decision by censors to veto "The Man Who Mends Women" was indicative of the "climate of oppression" in the DRC. "In the DR Congo, we live in a climate of oppression, diminishing human rights and a shrinking space for fundamental freedoms," he said.


NBC golf analyst Rolfing battling cancer

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2013, file photo, broadcast analyst Mark Rolfing talks about the wind from the 10th green before the first round of a golf tournament in Kapalua, Hawaii. Play was to have started two days earlier, but was delayed because of rain and high winds. Rolfing has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and will not be part of the Golf Channel or NBC broadcast team for the rest of the year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Television golf analyst Mark Rolfing has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and will not be part of the Golf Channel or NBC broadcast team for the rest of the year.


Afroman fined, ordered to get counseling for punching fan

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2001 file photo, Afroman, whose real name is Joseph Foreman, poses for a portrait in New York. Foreman was given a suspended six-month jail sentence Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, fined $330 and ordered to undergo anger management and impulse behavior counseling for punching a woman who jumped on a stage during a concert earlier this year. The incident happened Feb. 17, Mardi Gras night. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin, File)BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Rap artist Afroman was given a suspended six-month jail sentence Thursday, fined $330 and ordered to undergo anger management and impulse behavior counseling for punching a woman who jumped on a stage during a concert earlier this year.


Lights out for movie houses in Libya's 'Mermaid of Med'

The abandoned al-Zahraa cinema theatre in the Libyan capital TripoliThe Libyan capital once boasted grand movie houses that packed in smartly dressed couples for a special night out, but how times have changed. The rot started even before the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and has since seen movie houses bolt their doors one after the other. Films full of blood and violence like "Scarface" and "Die Hard" pass muster with the militias that have controlled the city since August 2014, driving Libya's elected parliament and internationally recognised government to take refuge in the far east of the country.